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135. Cliff Lee
  1. General
  2. Awards
  3. Career Stats
  • Born: August 4, 1896 in Lexington, NE USA
  • Weight: 175 lbs.
  • Height: 6'1"
  • Bats: R
  • Throws: R
  • Debut: May 15, 1919
  • Final Game: September 08, 1926
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Cliff Lee was known for his methodical pitching style, but it was an effective one.

Lee’s MLB career began with the Cleveland Indians in 2002, and he was a fixture in their rotation two years later.  The southpaw did well, and had an 18-5 year in ’05 where he was fifth in Cy Young voting.  That was good, and after an injury setback in 2007, Lee was set to have to season of his life.

In 2008, Lee won the Cy Young with a sparkling 22-3 record, and he led the American League in Wins (22), ERA (2.54), and FIP (2.83).  He was traded to the Phillies during the 2009 season, and helped them win the National League Pennant, but he was traded again to Seattle in the off-season, only be traded to Texas a few months later, where he went to the All-Star Game, though that was mostly based on his brief work in Seattle.

Lee returned to the Phillies as a Free Agent, where he had two more All-Star years.  He retired in 2014 with a healthy record of 143-91, and 1,824 Strikeouts.

The Bullet Points

  • Country of Origin: Benton, Arkansas, U.S.A.
  • Eligible In: Wednesday, 01 January 2020
  • Position: Pitcher
  • Played For: Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers
  • Major Accolades and Awards:

    World Series Rings (None) 
    Cy Young Award (1) (AL) (2008)
    TSN Pitcher of the Year (1) (AL) (2008)
    All-Star (2008, 2010, 2011 & 2013)
    Comeback Player of the Year (1) (AL) (2008)
    Highest bWAR for Pitchers (1) (AL) (2008)
    Lowest ERA (1) (AL) (2008)
    Most Wins (1) (AL) (2008)
    Lowest WHIP (1) (AL) (2010)
    Lowest BB/9 (4) (AL) (2008 & 2010) (NL) (2012 & 2013)
    Most Complete Games (1) (AL) (2010)
    Most Shutouts (2) (AL) (2008) (NL) (2011)
    Highest SO/BB (3) (AL) (2010) (NL) (2012 & 2013)
    Highest ERA+ (1) (AL) (2008)
    Lowest FIP (2) (AL) (2008 & 2010)
    Highest Win Probability Added (1) (2008) 

  • Other Points of Note:

    Top Ten Cy Young Finishes: Won the 2008 AL Cy Young
    (AL: 2005, 4th), (AL: 2010, 7th), (NL: 2011, 3rd) & (NL: 2013, 6th)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (bWAR for Pitchers)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Wins)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (WHIP)
    1 Top Ten Finish (H/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (BB/9)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (SO/9)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Innings Pitched)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (Strikeouts)
    3 Top Ten Finishes (Games Started)
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Complete Games)                 
    6 Top Ten Finishes (Shutouts) 
    5 Top Ten Finishes (SO/BB)
    5 Top Ten Finishes (ERA+)
    7 Top Ten Finishes (FIP)
    2 Top Ten Finishes (Win Probability Added)

  • Notable All Time Rankings:

    18. SO/BB: 3.931
    80. BB/9: 1.936
    98. SO/9: 7.612

  • Vote Percentage Received for the Hall of Fame:

    2020: 0.5%

  • Should be Inducted As A: Cleveland Indian

Should Cliff Lee be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put him in! - 75%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 0%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 25%

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